Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?

2. What causes the skin and blood of a victim to turn cherry-pink?

3. What is Baden's rebuttal to Ferrer's accusation that he had hired four people without authorization?

4. What does Baden learn after noting $40 on the body of a dead man in an apartment?

5. What does Baden believe is the true cause of Thomas Noguchi's move to a teaching position?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the circumstances surrounding the guilty verdict of Harvey Crippen.

2. Describe why Baden believes the dead woman at the fund raiser and the dead baby in the impoverished apartment represent the inequalities of life.

3. Describe the People vs. Levine case. What was the case, and why did Baden fail to do as he was asked by the DA?

4. What happened to much of the evidence in the Kennedy assassination case, and what does Baden believe occurred?

5. Describe the symptoms of strangulation, as seen during autopsy.

6. What are the ways mentioned in Chapter Six to identify a body?

7. Explain why Baden believes people go into particular medical professions.

8. What is psychosis with exhaustion, according to Baden?

9. Briefly explain the case of Ann Hart.

10. Explain how the body of Theresa Ferrara was identified and why there were different strands of hair on her torso.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 1 of the book, Baden discusses the concept of celebrity death, and the effect of a flawed autopsy on the perception of foul play surrounding the death. Do you think conspiracy theories are derived from the life of the celebrity, or the circumstances surrounding their death, or both? Why? What aspects of life or death help frame a conspiracy theory following death? Why do some celebrities suffer such beliefs after their death and some do not? Based on this, do you think forensic science can have an effect on these ideas? Why or why not? What does this say about forensic science?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the near conviction of Leonard Barco, the man originally believed to have killed Gail Morris. Why was he suspected? What was the role of Dr. Braga in the original cause of death? Why did he issue the cause of death as he did? What led Baden to believe this was incorrect? What did Baden find? Why did this help convince the judge Barco did not commit the crime?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the forensics used in the case of the prison riot at Attica to prove the guards accidentally shot the hostages. What techniques did Baden use to look at the bodies? What did he find? Why did people dislike his findings? How could he prove the findings? What mistakes did others, such as the funeral director, make that hindered the investigation? Did this serve to increase the tension? Why? Do you think the end result at Attica was beneficial? Why? What group did the riots help create? What does that group do? How did that help the prisoners in the long run?

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